The passage goes on to tell us the same God who kept His word to Abraham has made promises to us. He has given us both His promise, and His oath, the Bible tells us. He to has researched the subject of Eternal Security and found that there are people who use this theory in defense of this doctrine.
Remember for every Biblical truth there is an equal and opposite truth that appears to contradict. Like our example of the tightrope, these truths pull in an equal and opposite direction to bring balance. In all cases it is not an either or scenario, but both.
Warning 4—Since the blood of Christ’s high priestly sacrifice has made us holy, Christians should not despise His blood and face certain judgment; instead they must do all they can to serve God while they await the promise to come. This chart merely shows the flow of thought in the book of Hebrews. In order to understand the content of the book, it is necessary to further define each of the divisions in the chart. Introduction—God used to speak via prophets in a number of different ways, but now he speaks to believers through Christ, his Son. Doctrine 1—Christ has been exalted to the eternal throne, a position that is superior to the angels.
Finally, it is comforting that although we will stumble in our walk with God, we can continue to receive the full blessing of God as we seek His forgiveness and will for our life. We see from this passage that there is a carryover from the context of Chapter Five concerning growing Spiritually beyond the principles of salvation through Christ. We are encouraged to move forward in the growth of our faith beyond the foundational doctrinal principles to a more mature faith.
The point he wants to make here is that the God who backed up His promise to Abraham with an oath is the same God who deals with us in and through Jesus, our high priest. This God is as good as his Word, to Abraham and to us. So when the author says that Abraham, �having patiently endured, obtained the promise,� he wants his readers to see that the reason Abraham endured was because he trusted in the faithfulness of the one who made the promise.
Eternity by its very nature, by the enormous vastness inherent in the word itself, transcends the physical. This redemption of the body this change from mortal flesh to a spiritual body is the only hope held out to the Christian. You must go through that door if you are going to enter into eternal life. In summary, how may you possess “faith toward God” this saving faith of Jesus Christ?
The sacrifice Christ made on the cross was too complete and too wonderful for that. But you are in great danger of losing your fellowship with God, losing future reward in heaven, losing present peace and joy in your Christian life, and if you go too long and too far away from God, you may even lose your life. This is not a passage teaching we can lose our salvation. The author is saying that if you can lose your salvation, then Christ’s sacrifice wasn’t good enough, and you would have to crucify him all over again.
In the early church some groups used this passage to teach there was no possibility of restoration if someone sinned significantly after their baptism. These events take place around 50 AD, well after John’s work. It is unclear whether “John’s baptism” refers to the actual work of the Baptist or to a continuation of John’s baptism of repentance. The point of the two events seems to be to show John’s baptism which was necessary before the death and resurrection of Jesus, is now no longer necessary or even sufficient. D. The laying on of hands – This is the laying on of the hands of the priest on the head of the sacrifice for the transference of sins. The Greek word ‘didachen’ can be translated as “doctrine” or “instruction” .
And not only that, once he returned to the law, there would be no redemption left for him; what the Cross could not do for him, the law certainly could not do. This may be what the writer meant by saying such a person would crucify again for himself the Son of God and put Him to open shame. By turning to the law, he would make a sham of the Cross, and no redemption would be available under a works Gospel. followed from the Divine oath ensuring the fulfillment of the promise. Both his eventually obtaining and his patience in awaiting fulfillment were in consequence of the assuring oath. But then how and when did Abraham himself obtain the promise?
Verse 8, however, turns to ground that has received the same rain but produces thorns and thistles. This is an obvious reference to once-for-all enlightened believers who reject Christ. Such believers Hebrews 6 explained are “on the verge of being cursed;” their end is to be burned over . They are close to or on the verge of being lost, but not yet. In his mind there was still time to turn and obey.
Be quick to forget the successes of the past so that you don’t get stuck reliving them over and over. The falling away here is refusal to press on to maturity. The words “fall away” do not mean apostasy in the usual theological meaning of the term. It does not mean loss of salvation of a true Christian. These believers turned away from their initial true understanding of Christ and His work. 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
Of course, the premise is not possible, that a saved person could fall away. 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. God promised in Isaiah, that instead of thorns and briers, we would receive the myrtle tree, and an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. That is why Hebrews 6 is promising that it is impossible to fall away. And because if it is impossible to fall away, why are they trying to offer animal sacrifices?
These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Some, as I once did, resolve the tension by explaining the passage as a retrospective (backward-looking) assessment of one’s faith in Christ. They accentuate gospel promises with adjustments to gospel admonitions. In so doing, they unwittingly alter the prospective (forward-looking) conditional warning against repudiating Christ and intractable unrepentance. So the warning becomes a backward-looking reflective appraisal of one’s perseverance amid temptations. This is often seen as evidence that implies the genuineness of one’s faith.